"1. A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.
2. An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary."
These two definitions may or may not contradict one another, but, as you read further down the page of that dictionary, the words "serves to explain its purpose" are repeated more than once.
So, whether or not the preamble is part of The Constitution or merely an introduction which explains the purpose of The Constitution, the preamble says: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." (emphasis mine)
So, what does Representative Tough Love think "promote the general welfare" could possibly mean? Does it mean that, when we see our fellow countrymen suffering because the very same tough lovers say we shouldn't have a minimum wage and the government has no right to stop business from doing whatever the hell it wants to do, including sending American jobs to slave labor nations like, yes, China, we should tell them to pick themselves up by the straps on the boots that they can't afford and find a job working for the companies that no longer provide jobs in The FUSA (The Former United States of America)?
When those Chinese students graduate from the public schools that Paul and his ilk don't believe we should support in The FUSA, how much do we think they earn? According to a 2008 UN report, China's per capita income is $3,000.00 per year?
The Paulians don't want to tie the poor corporations down with a mandated minimum wage, they don't want to subsidize education the way their heroes in China subsidize education, they don't want the government to interfere with business decisions, including where they manufacture their products and they want us to be as eager and hardworking as the Chinese to earn a wage of $1.44/hour, in the unlikely reality that the Chinese actually work 40 hour weeks.
This is the lecture that one should watch and take to heart (I have found that it takes a while to download, but it's well worth it). This is the simplest and most direct narrative of how we got to where we are and suggests the most compassionate and logical way out. No one is punished, even those who should be. Those who should be punished via reregulation will do what they did the first time around, that is, they will do everything in their power to eviscerate any governmental regulation placed directly upon them and they've proven they have the money and the power to do so.
However, the lecture by Richard Wolff doesn't suggest we return the keys to the criminals.
It, admittedly, will take the same kind of courage exhibited by such groups as The Wobblies, The Industrial Workers of the World, in the early 20th century to make the changes Wolff suggests. The Wobblies actually spilled blood to rid this nation of the scourge of child labor, to get us the 40 hour work week and many other benefits that Americans have since lost.
I cringe when I ask myself if those alive today would have done the same for the future of this nation and the workers of this nation and of the world. This corporate run fiasco has put the fear of something or someone into those who live today. Tea Party activists rally in favor of their corporate enemies and against their own best interests. The so called middle class is filled with frightened little boys and girls who believe that the wealthy ruling elite, which I refer to as The Corporacracy, are still working on ensuring that we all attain that "American Dream". They do this as The Corporacracy creates the ultimate American nightmare and that nightmare is called Free Trade.
So, if you haven't seen the Paul video homily, please watch it.
I don't believe in a higher power, so I don't believe in a heaven or a hell. However, on the off-chance that I'm wrong, I hope I see Friedman and Paul right there next to me, burning for conducting their all out war against the American middle class.